There’s an old saying in the UK: “If it looks like a skirt, it must be a skirt”.
But this isn’t just a British sentiment: many other countries have long-standing laws against gender stereotyping, and the most recent data suggests that we’re still far from eradicating it.
We’re only just beginning to understand how cultural norms and stereotypes can shape behaviour.
The UK’s first ever gender equality report (PDF) from the Gender Recognition Commission (GRC) is a snapshot of how gender differences in the workplace, healthcare and education are affecting women’s lives.
But it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Gender stereotypes, and their consequences for women’s wellbeing, can vary widely across countries.
This article focuses on how gender stereotypes affect the health and well-being of women, and how this can impact on their ability to work and live.
We start with a look at the history of gender stereotyped clothing, followed by a look into the impact of gender stereotypes on women’s well-functioning bodies.
What is gender stereotypation?
We don’t usually associate clothing with specific genders, but it’s the way people use it that is at the heart of many gender differences.
In the UK, for example, men wear more clothing that women, with men wearing more women’s and women’s clothes in the same proportion of the workplace.
This can mean that men have a higher risk of getting cancer than women, or for having an enlarged heart.
Or that men wear clothing that is perceived to be more feminine.
This perception can be reinforced in workplaces by the way the workplace is viewed.
For example, a survey of women’s fashion editors in the 1970s found that a high proportion of women said that men were not allowed to wear the same kind of clothing as they do.
Women in the business world are not always the same as their male colleagues, and men may have more casual or casual wear.
In addition, women may not have the same opportunities to wear what they see as the appropriate gender attire, even if it is the same style.
Gender stereotyping can also affect people’s perception of their bodies, which is known as body image.
For instance, in studies of men’s body image, the average respondent to the survey had an average body mass index (BMI) of 22.3 and had a waist circumference of 30.7 cm.
When women’s BMI was compared to the average of men, the difference was a whopping 32.6 cm.
In other words, men had a larger waist, and women had a smaller waist.
The body image of men is also often influenced by their social status and job performance, and these are often based on gender stereotypes.
In some countries, this is even more pronounced.
For women in the United Kingdom, a woman’s gender is judged on how well she looks and talks, and on whether she has an attractive appearance.
Men’s body shape is also considered, and there is a belief that a man’s body is more attractive than a woman.
This body image may also have a significant impact on women.
In Sweden, for instance, women are more likely to be perceived as having a “good body” than a “bad body”, which means that women are judged as having lower BMIs, higher waist sizes and lower body fatness than men.
For men, there is also a perceived discrepancy between their bodies and appearance, so they may be perceived to have an “attractive” appearance.
What can gender stereotypers do?
The GRC commissioned a study that measured how people perceive their body, and found that gender stereotypors have a huge impact on the health of women.
It found that people in the GRC study who identified as women were significantly more likely than men to have lower BMIs, lower waist sizes, lower body mass indexes and lower waist-to-hip ratio, and were significantly less likely to have low blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Gender stereotypeers also tend to be less likely than others to report being able to work in the work place, and this is often because they’re more likely in jobs where there are fewer opportunities for advancement.
For many men, however, there’s a feeling that their physical appearance and body image are important and that this is something that they need to work towards, and so they will put in extra effort to achieve their goals.
A key part of this effort is to learn to identify what it means to be “feminine” and to avoid stereotyping your appearance.
For more on how to get away with sexist behaviour in the modern workplace, read the next article.
What are some ways that gender stereotypes can affect health and wellbeing?
When it comes to healthcare and social and economic wellbeing, gender stereotypes are particularly harmful because of the way they can shape women’s choices and behaviour.
For the NHS, it’s important to understand that gender is not a binary.
For every person in the world, there are those who are